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DIY Softbox Offers Cheap, Flexible, and Portable Flash Diffusion

If you’re short on cash but handy with a sewing machine, this tutorial turns dirt cheap materials into a flexible, easy to pack, and extremely portable flash softbox.

Design student Hunter Frerich was looking for an inexpensive way to recreate the Honl Traveller, a small and easily packed softbox.

To avoid shelling out $70 for what amounts to a flexible fabric cone, he fired up the sewing machine and, using black fabric, aluminum foil, and a bit of flexible plastic as a diffuser element.

Hit up the link below for a detailed step-by-step guide and sewing template.

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Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/18/12

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